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Widzew Łódź kicks off in new stadium

Polish fourth division football team Widzew Łódź has played its first match in its new 18,000 seater stadium.

The new Stadion Wizdew has been built in the city of Łódź on the site of the club’s former home, which was demolished in 2015.

Plans were announced for the new venue in October 2014 and it has taken two years to build.

The West Grandstand is the main stand and contains the changing rooms, gym, 24 corporate boxes, eight commentary boxes and two TV studios.

The other three stands are simpler and include space for 900-1200 visiting supporters.

The pitch has been moved 20 metres to the east, compared to the former stadium, to accommodate the larger West Stand.

Although Widzew are a fourth tier side, the new stadium has attracted a large number of fans and season ticket sales have been booming.

The stadium has also been designed to accommodate rugby and concerts.

Image: The new Stadion Widzew under construction (Credit: Stevenlodz)